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I have just completed a 4 month placement with Sustainability Victoria to establish community energy projects in Gippsland.  It was terrific work with passionate, skilled people who are shaping the fundamental change that is needed in electricity generation. This was after 10 happy years at the helm of the South East Councils Climate Change Alliance where we conducted projects in both mitigation and adaptation on behalf of our region of councils.

Prior to that, I worked in education, public policy and programs and in environmental activism.

It’s not as though all of my time now is my own, but the choice regarding how I spend it is. I am a member of the Ministerial advisory committee, the Central Coastal Board, I am a member of Regional Development Australia’s Southern Melbourne Committee, one of 55 committees across the nation that develops the evidence base for and makes recommendations about regional development to state and federal governments and I’ve just stepped down as a Trustee of the Caroline Chisholm Education Foundation, providing scholarships to students such that education can provide its life-transforming miracle to students otherwise barred from enrolling in further education at Chisholm TAFE.

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Daily Links Aug 17

Re Maelor’s selected post of the day and the horrendous changes we all face, a wise woman once said to me ‘nothing bad lasts forever’. She was referring to events that do eventually come to an end, we just have to wait them out. Unfortunately, unless we get very serious very quickly, climate change will be the something bad that will last forever.

Daily Links Aug 16

Re the $444 million given to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, reportedly the 100 page grant contract (contracts for grants won after lengthy application processes are typically 100+ pages) makes no mention of THE major threatening process, climate change. But the Board, with representatives of the fossil fool industry, doesn’t influence the work program? Pull the other one!

Daily Links Aug 15

Truly it is said’the perfect is the enemy of the good’. Having a deadlock in Parliament on the NEG(ative really) is to continue the impasse we’ve been facing since the CPRS was abandoned as being third or fourth rate at best. We have issues of principle and degree here. A two part process would be to pass it with the current target, as woefully inadequate as it is, then, with it in place, tighten it with more realistic targets as soon as the politics allow (perhaps in the first half of next year).

No Daily Links today

Maelor is beset by gremlins today, so it’s off to Plan B. Check David Robinson’s work at live.org.au and think about showing up at the climate change forum with Rob Gell moderating a debate between the ex-IPA’s Tim Wilson, current Member for Goldstein and Simon Holmes a Court, an energy activist with a very long list of achievements.

Daily Links Aug 13

Back on deck after checking out northern parts of this very wide and now much browner land. With the euthanasia debate being given prominence over energy policy, the country will be euthanased. Droughts and high temperatures will finish us off, Turnbull and Leyonhjelm.